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Adam Brody, Ben McKenzie & Rest of OC Cast 17 Years after the 1st Episode Aired

Bettina Dizon
Mar 15, 2020
06:22 A.M.
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“The O.C.” may have only aired for four seasons, but some of its cast launched their careers from the unforgettable and beloved television drama series.


From 2003 to 2007, many viewers of “The O.C.” were convinced that the Californian sun-kissed life was a dream they wanted to live out.

Nearly two decades have passed since the hit television show first premiered, and fans may be wondering what the cast has been up to, aside from some stars who became A-listers. Here’s a look at them.


Among cast members who rose to fame because of the show was Adam Brody, who appeared in several movies such as “Scream 4,” “The Romantics,” “Jennifer’s Body,” and “Seeking A Friend For the End of the World.”

Rachel Bilson and Adam Brody arrive at the first TV Guide Primetime Emmy Party at The Lot Studios. | Source: Getty Images


He was also cast on the show’s “New Girl,” “The League,” and “Billy & Billie.” In 2014, Brody tied the knot with “Gossip Girl” star Leighton Meester and welcomed their first child the following year.


If there’s one noticeable change in Benjamin McKenzie since “The O.C.,” it’s definitely his facial hair. Of course, looking older landed McKenzie more roles in notable films.

Benjamin McKenzie at an event entitled An Evening with Southland at the Paley Center for Media. | Source: Wikimedia Commons


He has since starred in “Johnny Got His Gun,” “Decoding Annie Parker,” “Adventures in the Sin Bin,” “Southland,” and “Gotham,” where he met his now-wife, Morena Baccarin.


2003 was a great year for Mischa Barton as she launched her career in “The O.C.” and earned the title “It Girl” by Entertainment Weekly.

Mischa Barton in 2017. | Source: Wikimedia Commons


Three years later, Barton left the show and then made headlines for getting in trouble with the law and was involved in a legal battle.

The actress never really left the acting industry and appeared in “The Assassination,” “Don’t Fade Away,” “Cyberstalker,” “You and I,” and “New Beginnings.”

Mischa Barton on "The Hills: New Beginings" in 2019. | Source: Wikimedia Commons



After starring in the drama series, Rachel Bilson landed success in her sitcom “Hart of Dixie.” However, the show only lasted four seasons before it stopped airing.

She later starred in the short-lived comedy-drama, “Take Two.” Apart from her career, Bilson is the mom of a little girl, whom she shares with her ex-boyfriend Hayden Christensen.



Peter Gallagher was musically inclined and involved in Broadway before joining the mast of “The O.C.” He released an album amid the show and returned to Broadway after.

In 2010, he appeared in “Burlesque,” “Step Up 4: Miami Heat,” “Hello, My Name Is Doris,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “New Girl,” “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,” and “Grace & Frankie.”

Peter Gallagher at Paley Center's 6th annual celebrity golf classic. | Source: Wikimedia Commons



After landing the role of Seth’s mom on the show, Kelly Rowan appeared in “Castle,” “Flashpoint,” “CSI: Miami,” “The Good Times are Killing Me,” “Cyberbully,” and “Tulips in Spring.”

In 2008, Rowan welcomed a baby girl, and two years later starred in the crime drama “Perception,” which lasted until 2015.

Kelly Rowan attends The Canadian Film Centre cocktail reception celebrating the Telefilm Canada Features Comedy Lab. | Source: Wikimedia Commons


Before gaining massive success as a leading role in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Avengers” franchises, Chris Pratt was but a resident eco-advocate in “The O.C.”


After her stint in “The O.C.,” Melinda Clark continued to work with the show’s creator Josh Schwartz, in his other show called “Chuck.”

She also starred in two episodes of “Gotham” and voiced over in “King of the Hill” and a “Mission Impossible” game.

Melinda Clarke at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. | Source: Wikimedia Commons



Although it has been years since Chris Carmack appeared on the show, it seems that the actor hasn’t aged a day, even after having a family of his own.

He appeared on the musical television show “Nashville” from 2015 to 2018 and appeared on “Grey’s Anatomy” as Link.

Chris Carmack goes on vacation in May 2008. | Source: Wikimedia Commons



Her role as Alex was a stepping stone in Olivia Wilde’s career. After the show came to an end, she landed a five-year stint on “House.”

Her other film appearances include “The Lazarus Effect,” “Rush,” “Drinking Buddies,” “Cowboys & Aliens,” “People Like Us,” “The Change-Up,” and “Tron: Legacy.”

Olivia Wilde attends the 2010 Independent Spirit Awards. | Source: Wikimedia Commons



Alan Dale was already an established actor when he took the role of Calen in 2003. He also starred in “NCIS,” “Lost,” “Entourage,” “The Mindy Project,” and “Ugly Betty.”

Alan Dale attends the BAFTA awards in London. | Source: Wikimedia Commons


In 2016, he appeared in “Secret City,” and two years later, he reprised his role in “Neighbors.” Most recently, television viewers can recognize him as Joseph Anders from the “Dynasty” reboot.


Before gaining massive success as a leading role in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Avengers” franchises, Chris Pratt was but a resident eco-advocate in “The O.C.”

Chris Pratt attends Go Behind The Scenes with Walt Disney Studios during D23 Expo 2019. | Source: Wikimedia Commons

He tied the knot with actress Ana Farris but divorced in 2018. He has since been with Katherine Schwarzenegger.